• Ex-Louisville guard Jones pleads not guilty to rape, sodomy

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville coach Rick Pitino had reached his limit with Chris Jones, even before he knew the senior guard was facing felony rape and sodomy charges. Demonstrating a zero tolerance for any more misbehavior after reinstating Jones from a one-game suspension, Pitino abruptly dismissed him from the team. Pitino says all he knew for certain at the time was that Jones had broken a curfew, but had no details about more serious accusations looming. Then Thursday, Jones pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree rape and sodomy. He has a hearing set for March 9. "I knew there was a problem by the look on (assistant coach) Kenny (Johnson's) face," Pitino said, reflecting on when he was informed S

  • Lauren Hill makes it through full season despite tumor

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    CINCINNATI (AP) — The Mount St. Joseph's women's basketball team held its postseason banquet in a hospital room warmed by Lauren Hill's smile. The 19-year-old freshman made it through a full season while raising more than $1.3 million for research into the type of brain tumor that will likely end her life. She's occasionally hospitalized for treatment now, but still holding to each day as tightly as she can and urging others to appreciate their time together. "That's truly Lauren," coach Dan Benjamin said in an interview on Thursday. "That's the message she's been saying forever. She's just thankful God gave her that opportunity and that role because she's the one that could handle it. And she's done it so gracefully.

  • NASCAR back on track for extra day of testing in Atlanta

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — After the glitz of Daytona, it's time for the NASCAR grind. The Sprint Cup drivers returned to the track Thursday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, getting an extra day to test out the new rules package that will be in effect for the first time. "This really feels like the start of the season," said Kyle Larson, who ranked second behind Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Jamie McMurray during the first practice session on a cool, windy day at the 1.54-mile trioval. The Daytona 500 is in a class of its own, the biggest event of the year coming right at the start of the schedule. The race Sunday will be more in line with the bulk of the grueling schedule, which will lead to a champion finally being crowned in Nov

  • McLaren misery mounts, Massa puts Williams on top at F1 test

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    MONTMELO, Spain (AP) — McLaren's misery mounted after another malfunction left Jenson Button stranded as Felipe Massa steered Williams to the fastest lap during Formula One preseason testing on Thursday. A hydraulic leak that McLaren said will require it to change its new Honda engine limited Button to a session-low seven laps, and the slowest lap time at almost eight seconds behind Massa. McLaren's latest setback came four days after Fernando Alonso ended up in the hospital following a crash, ruling the Spaniard out of the final tests, less than three weeks before the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. "We have an engine problem now. I am not sure how it will unfold over the next four days," McLaren chairman Ron D

  • Winter storm leads to closures, accidents in Va.

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A winter storm dumped more than 8 inches of snow in parts of Virginia on Thursday, with the southeastern area of the state being the hardest hit. At its peak, the storm knocked out power to about 10,000 people throughout the state, primarily in Hampton Roads. The storm resulted in widespread closures among schools, government offices and major employers that kept many commuters off of snow-covered roads. Still, Virginia State Police reported responding to hundreds of crashes and disabled vehicles. Here's a look at some of the impacts of the storm. COLLEGE BASKETBALL The women's basketball game between Old Dominion and Rice drew an intentionally sparse crowd.

  • McLaren chairman says Fernando Alonso is 'devoid of injury'

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    MONTMELO, Spain (AP) — Fernando Alonso was "devoid of injury" following his crash in Formula One preseason testing, McLaren chairman Ron Dennis said Thursday. Dennis, however, said it was still too early to guarantee the Spaniard will be ready to start the season at the Australian Grand Prix on March 15. "He is completely lucid. He wants to drive and test, but the doctors said, 'If you want him to go to Australia it's best to rest him,'" Dennis said. "I cannot foresee any reason why (Alonso won't be ready), but I am not the doctor. It's not for me to say yes or no." Alonso is missing the final preseason test after he crashed on Sunday at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit. He spent three days in the hospital before going

  • ODU women's basketball game draws sparse crowd - on purpose

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The women's basketball game between Old Dominion and Rice has intentionally drawn a sparse crowd. ODU encouraged fans to stay away from the Ted Constant Convocation Center due to a winter storm that blanketed Norfolk on Thursday. ODU said in a statement that fans and students who could walk to the arena were welcome. But the university encouraged others who would have had to travel to stay away for their own safety. ODU broadcast the Thursday morning game on its website. The live feed showed a few dozen fans in the arena, where admission for the day was free. ODU says fans can redeem their Rice game tickets for free admission to the home finale against North Texas on Saturday or for any regul

  • Former Louisville guard Chris Jones pleads not guilty to rape, sodomy charges

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Former Louisville guard Chris Jones pleads not guilty to rape, sodomy charges.

  • Lotus names Spanish woman Carmen Jorda development driver

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    MONTMELO, Spain (AP) — Lotus has named Carmen Jorda as its Formula One development driver. Lotus says the Spaniard will be "put through her paces thanks to a comprehensive fitness regime to prepare for the opportunity" to drive its car. Jorda says "I've been racing since I was 10 years old so it was my dream to drive a Formula One car since I was very young." Williams test driver Susie Wolff drove during last week's tests at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit. Italian driver Lella Lombardi was the last woman to race in F1 in 1976.

  • BRIEF: Former New Mexico State star Sim Bhullar slated to make late night TV appearance


    LAS CRUCES >> Former New Mexico State basketball star Sim Bhullar will make an appearance on Thursday on the CBS late night talk show, "The Late Late Show," according to the Reno Bighorns website. The episode was taped in late January and it comes following Bhullar's best performance with the NBA Developmental League franchise. Bhullar posted a triple double with 26 points, 17 rebounds and 11 blocked shots on Sunday. In 24 games with the Bighorns, Bhullar has averaged 9.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game, while shooting 69.9% from the field.

  • Kyle Busch has surgery on foot by North Carolina specialist


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Busch has undergone surgery on his left foot, broken in a hard crash at Daytona International Speedway. Dr. Robert Anderson of OrthoCarolina performed the surgery Wednesday. Anderson is a noted specialist who has treated NFL players Matt Schaub and Ahmad Bradshaw and retired baseball players Derek Jeter and Chipper Jones. Busch broke his right leg and left foot Saturday in the Xfinity Series race when he crashed into a concrete wall at Daytona. He missed the season-opening Daytona 500 and is out indefinitely. He was transferred Tuesday from Daytona to Charlotte, where he's undergoing further treatment. Joe Gibbs Racing said the surgery on his foot was a success, and is Busch will rema

  • Big 12's chief reprimands K-State for court-storming case


    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Big 12 Conference Commissioner Bob Bowlsby is publicly reprimanding Kansas State for failing to prevent Wildcats fans from pouring onto the court after the school's upset victory over rival Kansas. Bowlsby's admonition Wednesday came the same day Kansas State student Nathan Power was publicly identified as the fan who body-checked Kansas forward Jamari Traylor after the Wildcats' 70-63 victory Monday night. Power has been cited for disorderly conduct and didn't return messages Wednesday seeking comment. No injuries resulted from the court-storming. But Bowlsby says Kansas State failed to ensure the safety and security of the players and fans.

  • Regan Smith welcomes 1st child during double-duty driving


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Regan Smith was quick to accept an offer to race in the Daytona 500 as Kurt Busch's replacement driver. He did have one slight concern, though, about spending an additional day in Florida. His pregnant wife, Megan, was at home in North Carolina expecting their first child. But he said the couple agreed in advance that should she go into labor, he should complete his races before heading home. "I've asked her to keep her legs crossed as long as she can if she does go into labor," Smith joked at Daytona International Speedway last weekend. Everything worked out just fine for the Smiths, who welcomed son Rhett Lee on Wednesday, an off day for NASCAR drivers.

  • Alonso leaves hospital after F1 crash, FIA investigates


    PARIS (AP) — McLaren driver Fernando Alonso left hospital Wednesday following a crash in Formula One testing as the sport's governing body FIA launched an investigation into the accident. The Spanish driver escaped serious injury but was flown to hospital for precautionary checks after his McLaren hit a wall at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit on Sunday. McLaren said in a statement on Wednesday that Alonso has now returned to his family's home in Spain to continue his recovery and will miss the final pre-season testing session, which starts Thursday on the same track and ends Sunday. "As a result, he will sit out this week's final winter test, at which he was due to share driving duties with Jenson Button," McLaren sai

  • Finalists announced in Michigan APME newspaper contest


    DETROIT (AP) — Finalists were announced Wednesday in the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors 2014 newspaper competition. The awards in actual order of finish — first, second and third places — will be announced at the annual Michigan APME awards banquet May 17 in Lansing. The General Excellence award winners also will be announced at the banquet. Thirty-three daily newspapers submitted 1,270 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2014. Entries were judged by editors from The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee and The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, Division III; the Sandusky (Ohio) Register and The (Elyria, Ohio) Chronicle-Telegram, Division II; F

  • Kasich: Tax cuts, innovation can continue Ohio's success

    Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    WILMINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio needs to move beyond its Rust Belt roots, liberate its small businesses through tax cuts and energize the next generation of schoolchildren through educational innovation if it wants to continue to flourish, Gov. John Kasich said during Tuesday's State of the State address. The second-term Republican called upon state lawmakers gathered at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington, southwest of Columbus, to support his budget's proposed tax cuts and education formula changes and to resist pressure from special interests. "Do not miss the opportunity to create a new Ohio, an exciting new Ohio into this 21st century. People want it," Kasich told the crowd of about 1,100 people in his fifth address as gover

  • Ohio nurses among recipients of governor's courage award

    Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    WILMINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor is recognizing the state's nurses, a college basketball player and life-saving pair of residents with his annual awards for courage. Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) recognized the recipients on Tuesday during his State of the State speech held this year in Wilmington. Kasich created the award in 2012 to recognize Ohioans whose selflessness and courage can inspire others. He gave the awards to the nurses of Ohio, basketball player Lauren Hill, and Shane and Brittney Robinson. Hill got national attention when she played in a Division III basketball game with Mount St. Joseph on Nov. 2 despite suffering from an inoperable brain tumor. The freshman has since November he

  • Busch crash leading to additional SAFER barriers at tracks

    Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — International Speedway Corp. is developing a plan for the installation of additional SAFER barriers at Daytona and Talladega, and will review the safety standards at its other racetracks. The renewed focus announced Tuesday by ISC President John Saunders comes three days after NASCAR star Kyle Busch broke his right leg and left foot in a crash into a concrete wall at Daytona International Speedway. Busch left a Daytona Beach, Florida, hospital on Tuesday and was transferred to another facility in North Carolina for further treatment. Busch was injured Saturday in the season-opening Xfinity Series race when his car hit an interior wall that did not have a Steel and Foam Energy Reduction barrier.

  • David Ragan, Erik Jones to replace Kyle Busch at Atlanta

    Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — David Ragan will drive Kyle Busch's car in the Sprint Cup Series this weekend at Atlanta, while 18-year-old Erik Jones will drive Busch's car in the Xfinity Series. Busch broke his right leg and left foot when he crashed head-on into a concrete wall Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. He left the Florida hospital on Tuesday and was transferred to one in Charlotte for further treatment. Ragan will drive the No. 18 Toyota for at least the next several weeks. The move was accommodated by Front Row Motorsports, the team Ragan currently drives for, and sponsor CSX. Jones will drive the No. 54 Toyota in Saturday's race. Busch was driving the No. 54 in the Xfinity Series opener when he was inju

  • Melee after Kansas State's upset puts spotlight on safety

    Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — More than a dozen security officials dressed in bright green shirts gathered behind the basket, just as they were trained. When the final seconds ticked away on Kansas State's stunning upset of rival Kansas, they immediately sprinted onto the floor. Thousands of students and fans still beat them there. The surge of humanity crushed Jayhawks coach Bill Self against a press table. His junior forward, Jamari Traylor, was body-checked by another fan. Assistant coach Kurtis Townsend had to peel away still more fans shouting profanities and making obscene gestures at his players.